Boating BC Speakers



New Speakers Confirmed for Boating BC Conference

Shelley McIvor, Managing Director, Quadrant Marine Institute
Marine Service Technician Training in BC
Quadrant Marine Institute delivers BC’s Marine Service Technician program in Sidney and Vancouver. Broad training plus skill assessment on the shop floor provides a foundation for any career in marine trades. Shelley will address the importance of workforce development for our industry as a whole and provide an opportunity for the local marine service industry to both support and engage in the program’s future developments.
Shelley is a professional communication strategist with international experience consulting for the recreational marine service industry. Since joining the Quadrant team, she applies her strategies to reinforcing the connections between the marine service industry and Marine Service Technician training.
 Guy Ellis, Dean, School of Transportation, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Marine Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship Program; Where to From Here?
With thirteen years of post-secondary experience specific to trades training – including the position of Dean, Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – Guy Ellis knows the value of working collaboratively with industry. Currently the Dean, School of Transportation at BCIT, where the Marine Mechanical Technician apprenticeship program is soon to enter its second year, Guy will share a brief update and future plans for the program including opportunities for the recreational marine industry and BCIT to continue to collaborate to ensure the program’s success.

2015 Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine
November 24 + 25, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond BC
Registration Fees (includes all speakers, reception, networking events and meals):
Boating BC Members: $249
Non-Members: $299

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The provincial marine associations from across the country, collectively representing over 80,000 jobs and $9.2B in national annual economic impact, announced the formation of a new national association whose mandate will be to represent the interests of recreational boating including recreational boat retailing and brokering, boat and engine & trailer sales, accessories, slip rentals, service, storage, fuel sales and more. Headquartered in Penetanguishene, Ontario, the newly formed Canadian Marine Retailers Association (CMRA) will focus on national issues facing the sector.

“The formation of a national voice to address the many aspects of our sector that affect the jobs and lives of Canadians from coast to coast is something many of our provincial associations have been calling for, for years,” says Brett Ramsey, President of Boating Ontario. “This is a positive step to ensuring issues facing our sector are represented to decisionmakers in the federal government.” READ MORE

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